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45 mins

Homemade Memories
Makes about 30 dodgers

Posted by Orion Books Published See Orion Books's 81 projects » © 2021 Kate Doran / Orion Books · Reproduced with permission. · HOMEMADE MEMORIES Childhood treats with a twist by Kate Doran is published by Orion as a hardback priced £18.99 (ebook: £9.99) For more information, please go to www.orionbooks.co.uk Photography (c) Helen Cathcart
  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl using a wooden spoon, or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and peanut butter for 1 minute. Add both sugars and beat for a further 2 minutes until fluffy. Add the egg yolk, vanilla and salt and beat until combined, then sift over the flour and mix to form a soft dough. Knead a couple of times until smooth.

  • Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°Cfan/350°F/Gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

  • Step 3

    On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 3–4mm. The dough will be quite fragile – if it breaks apart, gently press the crumbly edges back towards the centre, then carefully continue to roll.

  • Step 4

    Using a 5cm-biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of dough. Using a heart-shaped stamp, or another small cutter of your choice, cut a hole from the middle of half of the biscuits. Place all the biscuit rounds on the prepared baking trays.

  • Step 5

    Bake for 8–12 minutes until lightly golden. Keep a close eye on them – these biscuits can turn from golden to burnt very quickly. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the trays for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 6

    When the biscuits are cool, spread a scant teaspoon of jam on the underside of the whole biscuits. Top each one with a cut-out heart biscuit and press down lightly.
    The biscuits will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.

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